Vacunas COVID para niños pequeños disponibles / COVID vaccinations for young children now available

TULSA, OK – El Departamento de Salud de Tulsa (THD) ha recibido un suministro de vacunas contra COVID-19 para niños de 6 meses en adelante. THD está actualmente agendado citas. Comenzando el jueves por la tarde, las clínicas de inmunizaciones del Departamento de Salud de Tulsa ofrecerán vacunas contra COVID-19 por cita únicamente, para niños de 6 meses en adelante.

El 17 de junio, la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de los E.U. (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) aprobó la expansión para uso de emergencia de las vacunas contra COVID-19 Pfizer y Moderna, para incluir a niños tan jóvenes como 6 meses de edad, para la prevención de la enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) causada por síndrome respiratorio agudo, coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). El pasado 18 de junio, el director de los CDC respaldó la recomendación del Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP, por sus siglas en inglés) de que todos los niños de 6 meses a 5 años de edad deben recibir una vacuna contra el COVID-19. 

La vacuna Pfizer consta de una serie de 3 dosis, con la segunda dosis de tres a ocho semanas después de la primera, y la tercera dosis después de más de ocho semanas de la segunda. La serie de la vacuna Moderna está completa con dos dosis, administradas al menos con un mes de diferencia. Las vacunas contra COVID-19 pueden ser administradas en conjunto con otras vacunas infantiles, haciendo que sea un momento conveniente para los niños que necesitan vacunas para el regreso a clases.

Niños y adolescentes podrían presentar algunos efectos secundarios después de obtener su vacuna contra COVID-19. Estos efectos secundarios tienden a ser leves, temporales y similares a los experimentados después de recibir vacunas de rutina. Algunos niños y adolescentes no tienen efectos secundarios. Los efectos secundarios severos son raros, pero pueden ocurrir. Los padres de familia deben contactar a su proveedor de salud principal si tienen alguna preocupación especifica sobre los efectos secundarios de una vacuna.

Vacunas contra COVID-19 están disponibles con cita previa en las siguientes locaciones del Departamento de Salud de Tulsa. Para agendar una cita, visite vaccinate918.com. Los menores de 18 años deben estar acompañados por un padre o guardián para dar consentimiento de recibir la vacuna.

  • James O. Goodwin Health Center | 5051 S. 129 E. Ave., Tulsa, OK
  • Central Regional Health Center | 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, OK
  • North Regional Health and Wellness Center | 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulsa OK 

Más información sobre la locación de las clínicas de vacunas en el condado de Tulsa puede ser encontrada en vaccinate918.com. Llame al 918-52-9355 para hablar con un profesional de salud pública. Para más información sobre COVID-19, por favor visite tulsa-health.org/COVID19.

COVID vaccinations for young children now available

TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Health Department (THD) has received a supply of COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. THD is currently scheduling appointments. Beginning Thursday afternoon, Tulsa Health Department immunization clinics will offer COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only, for children 6 months and older.

On June 17, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved expansion of the emergency use authorization for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to include children as young as six months old for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On June 18, 2022, the CDC Director endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are now eligible for vaccination. 

Parents and caregivers can now get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19. All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.

The Tulsa Health Department anticipates receiving the vaccines within a week and will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to individuals ages six months and older as soon as the vaccine is received.

“We welcome the opportunity to expand the protection offered by the COVID-19 vaccine to more community members,” said THD Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart. “As of June 14, 2022, 83% of Tulsa County population age 5 and over have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  By expanding eligibility to children as young as six months of age, we will be able to prevent more infections, hospitalizations and deaths within our community.”

COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized because of the virus. While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, the effects of the virus are unpredictable. Vaccination is the best way to protect children from COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are available on an appointment basis at the following Tulsa Health Department locations. To make an appointment, visit vaccinate918.com. Those 17 and under must have parent or guardian present for consent to receive the vaccine.

  • James O. Goodwin Health Center | 5051 S. 129 E. Ave., Tulsa, OK
  • Central Regional Health Center | 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, OK
  • North Regional Health and Wellness Center | 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulsa OK 

“Vaccinations will continue to be available through existing locations, including not only THD clinics, but also primary care providers, local pharmacies and health centers to provide multiple avenues and opportunities for immunization,” added Dart. “The vaccine is safe and effective. It’s more convenient than ever to receive one. It’s normal to have questions, and I encourage parents to turn to trusted resources like your child’s pediatrician.”

More information regarding vaccine clinic locations in Tulsa County can be found at vaccinate918.com. Call 918-582-9355 to speak to a public health professional.